• Compliance and Title IX Investigator

    Job Location(s) US-NY-Old Westbury
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/22/2018 11:02 AM)
    Job ID
    President's Office
    # of Openings
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview


    Committed to educating the next generation of leaders and to inspiring innovation and advancing entrepreneurship, NYIT enrolls approximately 10,000 students on campuses in North America, China and the Middle East. As a forward-thinking institution NYIT has pioneered educational practices to serve student needs since 1955. NYIT offers 90 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in 50 fields of study and is home to students from more than 100 countries and from 50 states. Its seven schools and colleges include: School of Architecture and Design; College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences; School of Health Professions; School of Management; College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the newly formed School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education.



    This is a split position that will report to the Director of Compliance & Title IX Coordinator (50%) and to the Dean of Students (50%). As Compliance and Title IX Investigator, the position is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with Title IX and related laws and policies by conducting sound, impartial, and thorough investigations. As Student Conduct Manager, the position will assist with the administration of the student conduct process and is responsible for the investigation and adjudication of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.


    While the position will be based at the Old Westbury campus, travel to the Manhattan campus will be required (approximately 25%, but dependent on caseload).


    As Compliance and Title IX Investigator, the primary role is to conduct investigations of complaints involving the NYIT community from inception to findings. The complaints will typically concern gender based misconduct (sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking), but may also concern other alleged discrimination or legal, ethical, or policy violations. For those compliance complaints that are best handled by a department, this position will coordinate with that department to ensure appropriate action is being taken.

    The Investigator will conduct complex analysis, reach legally sound determinations, and produce high quality written work product. With case-related guidance from the Title IX Coordinator, the investigator will work independently, partnering with appropriate institutional officials throughout the investigative process, meeting established timelines and treating all individuals engaged in the complaint process with sensitivity and respect.

    This includes: creating an investigative plan, coordinating and conducting party and witness interviews, providing parties with information about the investigatory process and applicable rights and policies; gathering and securing relevant evidence and documentation; keeping detailed, consistent, and accurate records; maintaining timely communication with all parties and community stakeholders; providing on-going updates to the Title IX Coordinator; making credibility assessments; drafting and issuing reports regarding investigative findings; ensuring a prompt, fair, and neutral process for all parties that follows federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures; protecting the integrity and privacy of the investigation at all stages; and participating in student conduct hearings as necessary.

    Other responsibilities include:

    • Organize, manage, and track incidents through Maxient, Navex, and internal databases. Assist with the preparation and maintenance of reports, including Clery and
    • Assist in training and outreach efforts for students and employees regarding gender-based misconduct and compliance topics.
    • Support the Title IX Coordinator in administration of the online compliance hotline and employee training systems.
    • Monitor and evaluate institutional practices to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and alignment with best practices. Assist in the creation and revision of institutional policies and procedures as needed.
    • Assist in other duties relevant to the work of the Title IX and Compliance Office, as assigned.

    As Student Conduct Manager, the position will, under limited supervision, receive and investigate reports of alleged violations of the NYIT Student Code of Conduct and will perform investigations, adjudicate cases, and recommend outcomes. Confidential record keeping and interfacing with a myriad of constituents (students, families, lawyers, faculty, administrators and police officers) will occur on a regular basis.

    The Student Conduct Manager will review and evaluate incidents requiring student conduct action generated from arrest and incident reports from multiple sources (e.g., Campus Security, Office of Residence Life and Off-Campus Housing, SUNY Police Department, Old Westbury Police Department, etc.) and will determine situations which might warrant additional investigation/scrutiny.

    Other responsibilities include:

    • Similar investigation duties noted in the Compliance and Title IX Investigator position
    • Maintain working knowledge of university policies and/or Code of Student Conduct provisions and the impact of policies on the student experience
    • Maintain, archive and purge conduct records in Maxient student conduct database in accordance with federal, state and campus guidelines. Track and compile reports of cases for evaluation and assessment purposes
    • Develop and maintain relationships and clear lines of communication with campus and community partners
    • Collaborate with on and off campus resources in resolving complaints and ensuring the institution’s processes, responses, and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations



    Required Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required with 3+ years of related professional experience.
    • Demonstrated experience in successful assessment, investigation, and resolution of complaints including, but not limited to, strong skills in conducting interviews, reviewing evidence, assessing credibility, and facilitating conflict resolutions.

    Preferred Education and Experience:

    • Juris Doctor or Masters degree in a relevant field with related professional experience conducting investigations of alleged misconduct
    • Experience in higher education, particularly in a student conduct office or student affairs department, or experience working with college students
    • Experience in civil rights / EEO investigations or investigations conducted in a higher education setting
    • Success in working with diverse constituencies
    • Experience in the field of sexual or interpersonal violence
    • Working knowledge of student development concepts and high risk student behavior.

    Preferred Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:

    Title IX related training or certification through a nationally recognized organization. 

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


    • Excellent judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential information.
    • Strong skills in conflict resolution, problem solving, interviewing, and investigation.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including skill in writing concise reports to convey complex issues.
    • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills, including the ability to accurately apply legal and policy standards to specific factual patterns.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to listen well.
    • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally across multiple constituencies
    • Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to interpret, nondiscrimination laws and compliance regulations (particularly Title IX, the Clery Act, and NYS 129b).
    • Experience developing and delivering educational presentations before a group.
    • Demonstrated ability to exhibit empathy and sensitivity towards a variety of difficult interpersonal situations and to create a comfortable environment for interviewing.
    • Ability to work in a culturally-competent manner with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
    • Ability to manage conflict and deal with sensitive, complex, and stressful situations in a professional, confidential, and neutral manner.
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, manage multiple deadlines and work independently while maintaining high levels of organization.
    • Knowledge of gender/sexual/relationship violence issues and effect of sexual assault and relationship violence on victims.
    • Ability to use computer applications and technology, including the ability to learn new software programs independently.

    Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations):

    Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information. 
    Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication. 
    Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone and face-to-face interactions. 
    Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, body movement for bending, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting. 
    Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 10 lbs. 


    Work Environment:
    Work is indoors and primarily sedentary but does involve travel in and between campuses, often requiring walking. Schedule is subject to variable work hours. There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job. The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate. 


    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please submit the following with your online application: 

    • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.
    • A resume of your educational and professional work experience. 
    • At least three professional references listed on the employment application, one of which should be current supervisor (or most recent supervisor if not currently employed). Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted. 

    Answers to the following supplemental questions listed below.

    Note: these answers will also be assessed as a writing sample and should be uploaded as a file on the profile creation page.
    1. Describe an investigation you conducted that was particularly challenging. Explain what made it challenging, how you handled it, and what you learned from it. (max: 2 pages)

    2. Please briefly describe your process for conducting investigations. (max: 1 page)
    3. Describe your experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and/or those in stressful or traumatic situations. Please identify and discuss at least two key issues to pay attention to when working with these populations. (max: 2 pages)









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